Jan 9, 2010

ICC Moong Dal Halwa and Ring of Fire at my Porch

Wishing all my readers a belated Happy
New year and Pongal.
This month ICC is quiet a challenge for me.I have never
made Moong Dal Halwa..I got lot of lumps even cooking
in a low flame. So I just had to remove the kadai from
the fire and break down all the lumps using the potato
masher..and again on the heat..My hands ached seriously
since I was down with Chikungunya for about a month.
Moong Dal Halwa
Split (Yellow) Moong dhal - 1 cup Ghee - 1/2 cup Sugar - 3/4 cups to 1 cup (as per required sweetness) Milk - 1/2 cup Cashews/ raisins roasted in ghee for garnish. Method to Prepare: Soak 1 cup moong dal overnight. Next morning, grind to a paste. Heat a heavy Kadai, take initially only 1/2 of the ghee and heat it. Add the dhal and stir continuously, not allowing lumps to form. This part is very tricky as the dhal cooks really fast, irrespective of the ghee. Keep the heat at the lowest and keep stirring even after the dhal becomes thick. Add the rest of the ghee intermittently and cook the dhal until aromatic and the ghee starts oozing out. Meanwhile mix the sugar with water/ milk in a pan and bring to a boil. Add this slowly to the cooking dhal. Keep the fire low at all times and break lumps if formed while adding the sugar and water/ milk mix. Cook until the ghee surfaces. Garnish with cashews and raisins.
Yesterday people of south Tamilnadu had
a complete view of Ring of Fire Eclipse.
The complete ring appeared for for 5 minutes.
Mom called me during the eclipse and told
that they could see the ring in their porch.
The sun is reflected and we could see the
shadow of Ring of Fire at my porch..It is a
wonderful experience..


Sheetal Kiran said...

Wish you a very Happy New Year and Pongal, as well! The halwa looks really cute presented like that!

s said...

wow..amazing persistence....!

Divya Vikram said...

I heard that many were affected with chikungunya in Sivakasi. Hope you have recovered now. Glad you got to see the eclipse akka! Halwa looks delicious.

Happy cook said...

Wish i could pick up one of those delicous squares. How is your hubby doing in Brussels.

Nirmala said...

Wow, this looks great Kamala. And nice presentation. Yes I could understand how much the arms ache! Hatsoff to your efforts!

Cham said...

Hope u re recovered completely- My neigh back home got it too- guess there is a lot everywhere! Surya granam captured :)
Delicious looking hard working halwa!

lata raja said...

Oh my chikunguiniyea?? That tires you out very badly. Hope you have recovered fully...i mean body-joint aches and weakness etc.
Nicely presented halwa.

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Madhavi said...

Halwa looks delicious yummoooo!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Nicely presented and the halwa looks very delicious!!!

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